Thursday 3 September, 7–8pm

Tidelines launched new Andrew O’Hagan novel, Mayflies

In association with the University of Glasgow Creative Writing Programme, we celebrated the publication date of Mayflies, the new novel by our Tidelines Patron, Andrew O’Hagan.

If you missed the live conversation between Andrew O’Hagan and fellow Ayrshire-born writer, Zoë Strachan, you can watch on our YouTube channel right now. With personal insight into the novel’s Ayrshire setting, this is a unique conversation between the two authors as they discuss the inspiration for Mayflies and the experience of growing up in an Ayrshire town.


Tidelines Book Festival 2020

Launched: Thursday 24 September 7pm

Liz Lochhead: One of Scotland’s finest creative minds, a poet, playwright, and our Makar from 2011 to 2016, Liz paid tribute to another Scots poet of international renown, Edwin Morgan, as part of the centenary celebrations marking Edwin’s birth.

Tapsalteerie Poets: Tapsalteerie Poets – Sheila Templeton, Maggie Rabatski, and A.C. Clarke – shared poems in English, Gaelic and Scots from their anthology, Drochaid. Ross Wilson, shortlisted for the 2019 Saltire Poetry Book of the Year, shared poems from Letters to Rosie, a celebratory record of the first two years of his daughter’s life.

Launched: Friday 25 September 7pm

Sara Sheridan: Best-selling author of both fiction and non-fiction, Sara Sheridan, discussed her acclaimed book,  ‘Where Are The Women?’, a timely exploration of public statues in Scotland.

Dane Love: Carrying on the history theme was Ayrshire-born author, Dane Love. Author of over 30 books with a Scottish flavour and a strong focus on local Ayrshire history, Dane’s events are always sold out at Tidelines.

Launched: Saturday 26 September 7pm

Kirsty Wark: One of the nation’s best known and most popular presenters and now a bestselling author, Kirsty’s events consistently attract sell-out crowds. Her book, ‘The House by the Loch’, is a dramatic, moving novel inspired in part by Kirsty’s Ayrshire childhood memories. Kirsty was in conversation with broadcaster, author and Tidelines’ favourite, Theresa Talbot.

Launched: Sunday 27 September 7pm

Crime Panel: We surfed a crime wave as part of our digital festival. We welcomed onto the surfboard not one, not two, not three, but FOUR best-selling crime and thriller authors – Johana GustawssonCaro RamsayMason Cross (writing as Alex Knight) and Douglas Skelton, shooting the breeze over all things crime related and reading from their latest books.


Loved the free 2020 programme and want to support us?

Despite being a small festival, Tidelines has become a firm fixture in Scotland’s book festival calendar, thanks in no small part to the support of our fantastic audiences. The warmth of the welcome for our visiting authors, the friendly atmosphere of the events, the bond between author and reader made at the signing table, local community connections  – these are the things that make us proud to be Tidelines.

2020 and 2021 have been a little different for everyone and sadly we’re not able to gather together in the Harbour Arts Centre to hold our community events. Instead, we hope you enjoy watching the unique videos on our YouTube channel, made with North Ayrshire Council’s technical expertise. We’ve created a unique series of events, bringing a little bit of Tidelines magic directly into your home, and all free of charge. Although most of our 2020 Festival events are no longer online, you can watch Zoe Strachan interviewing Andrew O’Hagan, our patron, as well as two spoken word poetry videos on our Tidelines YouTube channel.

We hope you enjoyed our online Festival and our poetry videos. If you’re able to donate something, however small, to help us meet the costs of creating the 2020 Festival, as well as setting us up for success for future festivals, then you are forever a part of Tidelines and we are forever grateful. 

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